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February 3, 2010

Mobile App Security

Neil MacDonald at Gartner asks the question, "Why Don’t Mobile Application Stores Require Security Testing?" I couldn't agree more that we may be missing an opportunity to bring whitelisting to these new important mobile platforms. We need to leave the "detect and revoke" mentality of the PC world behind as we move to new platforms. Attackers are able to game the PC antivirus model by continuously flooding the software ecosystem with new unknown malware. The attackers will win in the mobile world too if we don't change it. The mobile app store is a form of whitelisting that can assure the security of an entire platform if the whitelisting means something. That is if the apps are tested for security before being published. CA Veracode is being asked by large financial organizations to build security testing into internal mobile app stores. There is obviously a desire for security screened applications in the corporate and government world. Why not just scan once at the platform provider’s app store and give the benefits to all? CA Veracode researcher Tyler Shields is presenting 2/7/2010 at Shmoocon on Blackberry malicious mobile code. The presentation and sample code will be available here.

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Chris Wysopal, co-founder and CTO of Veracode, is recognized as an expert and a well-known speaker in the information security field. He has given keynotes at computer security events and has testified on Capitol Hill on the subjects of government computer security and how vulnerabilities are discovered in software. His opinions on Internet security are highly sought after and most major print and media outlets have featured stories on Mr. Wysopal and his work. At Veracode, Mr. Wysopal is responsible for the security analysis capabilities of Veracode technology.

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